Juronimo wrote:My answer:
We're just not that good. Despite the big names, we're a bad team.
Fair enough Juronimo - I always respect your opinion and think you are a great poster. But personally I'll have to agree to disagree on that assessment. I like our roster and I think we are capable of playing great ball. I saw it in fact in the first half of that game, and I've seen it in the Lakers' hunt back for the playoffs. I haven't given up on these guys yet - but I'm not sure why they gave up on themselves in that game. It's a source of frustration for me.
I'm with you LJ....I feel that this team is ran poorly.
Listen, every team goes through injuries. Ours was excessive, but we only lost our star to 2 games. Our 2nd star wasn't at 100%, but he played nearly every game for us this season. Granted the East is weak, but the Bulls are right there in the playoff scene without their number 1 guy. You have Dallas just 2 games back in the loss column without having their number 1 guy for the majority of the season. The Spurs lost Parker for 3 weeks and maintained their playoff positioning. The Clippers went through some trials without CP3 for a bit and they still stayed afloat. I'm sure I'm missing more examples, but off the top of my head, you have teams that have faced the injury bug to one of their main 2 guys, if not their main guy and still they have had a better collective effort than the Lakers who have had both Kobe and Dwight play the majority of the games.
Of course the chemistry issue will come up and then I'm looking over to Houston, Brooklyn and the Nuggets and thinking, what's the next excuse.
This team brought in an offensive coach who frankly hasn't done squat with that offense in the past and isn't even truly visible right here in the present. Our rotations our still head-scratch worthy and I encourage you guys to check out Kobe's Washington postgame presser where he openly questions it. Meanwhile, even with sufficient personnel, we're laughable defensively. How does that even happen when you have previous defensive player of the years and 1st team All defensive players on this squad?
Like Carlisle did with the Mavs a couple seasons back you bring in a proven defensive minded coach and I'm sure we'll see better results. For comparisons sake, even Mike B has had a better winning percentage than D'Antoni if you look at their most recent track records and what they have done with their respectable Lakers squads.
Obviously, my first, second and third choice was Phil. But even if it wasn't Phil, you had a JVG that was available. You could have made amends with Shaw who is assisting a pretty good defensive unit in Indiana. I'll maintain that this unit is ran poorly. Put another guy at the helm and you would get better results.
Lastly, alot of people are complaining that this Lakers club isn't trying or showing a lack of effort. I'm sure the conspiracy theorists will appreciate this, but maybe this squad doesn't believe in what D'Antoni is selling. Maybe...they tuned him out and refuse to play hard for a guy that has championship pedigree. This dude has the audacity to call out our players and how they break the huddle with "Championship"....last I looked, there are titles within that huddle....where yours at, Mike?